JANUARY 28 – MAY 22, 2011

One hundred years ago, in 1911, Pablo Picasso created his large Analytical Cubist drypoint print, Nature morte avec la bouteille de Marc. This image imparts an astonishing explosion and reconfiguration of form in space. Although the impact of revolutionary works such as Picasso’s print is clear, the exhibition shows that Cubism was not the only avant-garde revolutionary style.

This exhibition looks at and compares the wide array of artistic styles practiced by Picasso’s European and American contemporaries in and around the year 1911. Twenty-eight prints, drawings, and sculptures from the Art Center’s permanent collection, made from 1910-1913, reveal a complex moment which included artists working in styles ranging from late Romanticism and various forms of Realism, to Post-Impressionism and Symbolism, and to the rawest manifestations of Expressionism. Artists include Caroline Armington, Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, Constantin Brancusi, Sonia Delauney-Turk, Charles Demuth, Marcel Duchamp, Lester Hornby, Gwen John, Wassily Kandinsky, Isabel M. Kimball, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Klinger, Käthe Kollwitz, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Auguste Macke, Franz Marc, James McBey, Pablo Picasso, Christian Rohlfs, Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, Abraham Walkowitz, Henry Wolf, and Anders Zorn.

1911 is organized by Amy N. Worthen, curator of prints and drawings.

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Nature morte avec la bouteille de Marc, 1911 (detail)
Drypoint on Arches wove paper
26 5/8 x 18 3/8 inches
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections
Purchased with funds from the Mildred M. Bohen
Deaccessioning Fund, 2006.17

entirely unexpected